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- The speech by Mark Carney, the Governor of the Bank of England, earlier this week about the risks of climate change and “stranded assets” has certainly stirred up the debate about global warming.
- Royal Dutch Shell announced this morning that it would be abandoning its exploration program in the U.S. offshore Arctic for the “foreseeable future” (see our response here). After more than 7 billion dollars and many seasons of almost unbelievable mishaps – Shell made the call along with an announcement that this season’s efforts had failed...
Continue reading 'What went right? Why Shell lost its bet in the Arctic'.
- In the lead up to the Canadian federal election, the economy is front and centre, but not in the way the incumbent government would have liked. The Conservatives have gone to great lengths to brand themselves as good economic managers, but with the Canadian dollar hitting its lowest point in over a decade, their election...
Continue reading 'How low can it go? Collapsing crude in election season'.
- Yesterday, the President released a video that I desperately want to love. It’s powerful, visually striking, and the rhetoric is near bang on. Announcing an upcoming trip to Alaska, President Obama confronts the need for climate action head on. He is going to Alaska, he says, because it is on the front lines of climate...
Continue reading 'A love hate relationship: The President’s new climate change video'.
- When you think of the Arctic, you may picture vast glaciers, frigid waters, miles of ice, and probably the quintessential polar bear. The Arctic has been the final frontier for centuries: the ends of the earth. But a new reality is setting in in the region – a reality of a changing climate, and the...
Continue reading 'Untouchable: The climate case against arctic drilling'.
- The conclusion of an article in the Financial Times the other day was that there was only one way to explain three recent major bets by Royal Dutch Shell, including its 7 billion dollar bet (and counting) on Arctic Oil: the company must know something we don’t because objectively these plays don’t make a lot...
Continue reading 'Shell’s big bets – a sign of desperate times?'.
- From the minute it was exposed that Shell’s Arctic Drilling Fleet had been issued a permit to be based in Seattle, we knew it wouldn’t be that simple. And within days, concerned citizens had mobilized – and the organizing has paid off.
- Royal Dutch Shell is pinning a lot of hope (and even more money) on the U.S. Arctic Ocean becoming its next major oil find. Despite a number of years of failed attempts, embarrassing accidents, and failed safety tests – Shell hopes to head back to the Chukchi Sea off the Alaskan coast this summer. Arctic...
Continue reading 'To the ends of the earth: Shell’s plan to risk it all'.
- Royal Dutch Shell has insisted that it is going to press ahead this year with its plans to continue its high cost, high risk hunt for oil in the U.S. Arctic Ocean this year (aka the world’s most obvious unburnable carbon). While its plan still rests on some outstanding permits from the federal government that...
Continue reading 'Not so fast, Shell'.
- Royal Dutch Shell presented its 2014 earnings report today and commented on what is ahead for it in 2015. With results that were lower than expected and “disappointing” according to analysts, Shell was quick to point out the measures taken to cut costs and its serious commitment to ‘efficient use of capital’. It didn’t take...
Continue reading 'Shell’s quest for unburnable carbon'.
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